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Nov. 4, 2005

Ansley On Team Developing Model Core Curriculum For Iowa High Schools

Timothy Ansley, an associate professor of educational measurement and statistics in the University of Iowa College of Education, has been appointed to an Iowa Department of Education committee charged with offering guidance to groups designing a model core curriculum for high schools in the state.

Each of the Iowa Board of Regents institutions was asked to nominate one faculty or staff member to serve on the state DOE's Model Core Curriculum Project Lead Team. UI Provost Michael Hogan asked Ansley to represent the UI.

The team is an outgrowth of legislation passed by the Iowa Legislature this past spring as part of an effort to ensure that Iowa high school students are better prepared for college and the workforce. Its goal is to help create a model curriculum that makes it easier for students to plan for their academic and employment future, and for parents and educators to chart students' progress toward their goals.

Ansley's experience directing the high school testing program for the Iowa Testing Programs should allow him to make some important contributions to the committee.

"I spend time working with high schools around the state on matters related to assessment and curriculum," he said. "Also, I am a coauthor of the high school test battery, the Iowa Tests of Educational Development, that has been used by the high schools in Iowa for many years. Any legislation that involves curriculum will impact assessment, and so I am very pleased to have the opportunity to serve in this capacity to learn what Iowa Testing Programs can do to help the schools in Iowa respond to this legislation."

He said high school teachers from across Iowa will play a key role in actually designing the core curriculum, using guidelines drawn up by the Model Core Curriculum Project Lead Team.

"This is a work in progress," Ansley said. "The exact nature of the model or models is to be determined by this committee. The intent is to provide something that will be of use for all schools."

This project and the model core curricula should be finished by May 2006 in time for the 2006-07 school year. While schools will be encouraged to use the curricula, its adoption is voluntary. 

The members of this committee represent a variety of constituencies, including Iowa high schools, area education agencies, the business community, community colleges, state universities, the state School Board and the Department of Education. 

"It is a pleasure and honor to work with such a diverse group of Iowans who share a passion to enhance the excellence of Iowa schools," Ansley said.

Ansley has a Ph.D. in educational measurement and statistics from the UI, a master of science degree in mathematics education from Northern Illinois University and a bachelor of science degree in mathematics and Spanish from Eastern Illinois University.

He began teaching at the UI in 1980 as a research assistant for the Iowa Testing Programs and is currently an administrator of the program, director of the Iowa High School Testing Program and director of the Iowa Algebra Aptitude Testing Program

He has authored numerous tests and peer-reviewed articles, and earlier this year he received a Collegiate Teaching Award.

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